Here at the Venango VNA we are blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers. Each and every one has such a special talent that they bring to the table. Sue who has been with us a little less than a year, provides beautician services to any VNA hospice patients. Sue provides warm company in addition to a desired foot massage, a hair cut, or even nail polishing. Her caring touch comforts all, while making them look and feel beautiful.
Q: What made you become a Hospice Volunteer?
A: My father was a hospice patient and I knew from that experience how much a family needs extra help at this time. We, as a caregiving family, appreciated the care and help VNA gave us. We could never have helped Dad thru his journey the way he chose to go thru it without the VNA staff. I wanted to give some of that back to those who chose the same path.
Q: How long have you been in the beauty business?
A: I became a hairdresser in 1979, working in a salon until I had my 2 children. After taking some years off to raise them, I returned to work for another 20 + years. I retired two years ago from the salon.
Q: What’s your favorite part about volunteering?
A: Oh my, so many things! Seeing someone break into a smile because you came to visit. A hug because you have made her feel so good with a new haircut, pretty nails! Sharing beautiful memories and stories about someone’s life that are so precious to them, and it is with me that they are sharing! I get a chance to be a happy part of someone’s day!
Q: Would you like to share a favorite memory as a hospice volunteer?
A: It is very special and touching when someone will open up and share a part of their life that is so special to them. Having gone through similar circumstances, sharing back memories and enabling them to see that families remember so many of the good things and happy times spent with them; they will cherish those times until they all meet again.